MaxiTrans Trailers Workshop – Campbelltown NSW

"When we went out looking for an equipment supply, we really wanted a one-stop shop and a one-stop solution. Troy, my service manager mentioned Levanta and to be honest with you, we didn't look back. It was really easy, great customer service. The installation process was exceptional." Glen Sharmon, General Manager NSW MaxiTrans.

MaxiTrans, a leading name in the transport equipment industry, faced an urgent need to relocate its branch within a very short timeframe. The business required a fully functioning workshop to continue operations profitably and to meet customer demands. They secured a much larger site, which necessitated extensive building modifications to accommodate trailer maintenance, fibreglass repairs, and spray painting facilities.

Challenges of the project:

The timeline was critical for MaxiTrans. The new workshop had to be fully operational by the time they ceased operations at their previous site. Managing this transition while keeping the business running was a significant challenge. The management team needed a partner who could alleviate some of the stress and ensure a seamless relocation.

Levanta's Solution:

Levanta provided turnkey solution, providing everything MaxiTrans needed from a single, high-quality supplier. A dedicated Project Manager oversaw the entire process, ensuring timely delivery and installation of all necessary equipment.

“We managed to get all the equipment we needed in one place, basically a turnkey solution… it was one less stress that I had to worry about, that's for sure,” Glen Sharmon explained. “It really surprised me the equipment, how quick it came. I thought we would have challenges in that space, but you know, a three-month lead time was, for us, not a challenge for Levanta.”

MaxiTrans Trailers Workshop – Campbelltown NSW - MaxiTrans, a leading name in the transport equipment industry, faced an urgent need to relocate its branch within a very short timeframe. The business required a fully functioning workshop to continue operations profitably and to meet customer demands. They secured a much larger site, which necessitated extensive building modifications to accommodate trailer maintenance, fibreglass repairs, and spray painting facilities.

The Project Included:

Why MaxiTrans chose Levanta:

MaxiTrans selected Levanta for several reasons, including their renowned quality products, previous positive experiences, responsiveness, fast and clear communication, and a can-do, no-fuss attitude. This successful relocation and the seamless establishment of their new workshop underscore Levanta’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. By providing a comprehensive, turnkey solution, Levanta not only met but exceeded MaxiTrans’s expectations, strengthening their reputation as a reliable partner in the industry.

To experience the Levanta difference for your own workshop needs, contact our team to get started today.

MJ Smith Workshop Fitout – Woodenbong, NSW

MJ Smith is a company that takes immense pride in the maintenance of their fleet and the reputation of their brand. Their main depot and workshop is a testament to this dedication, remaining spotless and in pristine condition despite daily use and rigorous cleaning routines.

Founded in 2004 as MJ Smith Ground Preparation, the company started with a single bulldozer, performing small local jobs. Today, the MJ Smith Group boasts a fleet of over 65 pieces of plant and equipment and employs 45 staff members, ranging from senior management to labourers.

Their new workshop facility is in the small rural town of Woodenbong, strategically positioned 10 km south of the Queensland border and just five kilometres from the junction of Summerland Way and Mount Lindesay Road, providing easy access to Legume and Tenterfield.

MJ Smith handles numerous civil construction projects and heavy haulage contracts across the region – serving the Northern Rivers of New South Wales and extend their services throughout Southeast Queensland.

Overview of the Project:

With a fleet of late-model, low-hour equipment and a team of highly experienced operators, MJ Smith guarantees reliability and first-class equipment and results. Their commitment to excellence is evident in their immaculate workshop, which is equipped to perform servicing and preventative maintenance on range of machinery, including prime movers and earthmoving equipment.

The workshop fitout supplied by Levanta enables MJ Smith’s staff to maintain their equipment at peak performance. This project included a range of Heavy Vehicle Workshop Equipment sourced from our world class European suppliers and an Australian-made Levanta prefabricated service pit – all installed so that MJ Smith’s fleet and assets are operating at peak performance, ensuring that the company continues to deliver top-notch service and uphold their esteemed reputation.

Why Was Levanta Chosen:

In keeping with their unwavering commitment to excellence, MJ Smith sought out a partner who could match their high standards for their new workshop fitout in Woodenbong. Levanta emerged as the preferred choice, renowned for delivering turnkey solutions characterized by quality equipment, meticulous installation, and exceptional service.

Levanta’s expertise in the manufacturing and installation process made us the perfect partner for this project. Our extensive experience in overseeing the installation of service pits, workshop equipment, reticulated oil and air delivery systems, and a broad array of other essential components ensured that MJ Smith’s workshop would be outfitted to the highest standards.

The seamless integration of all elements provided by Levanta ensured that the workshop was ready for immediate use, allowing MJ Smith to maintain their equipment and uphold their reputation without missing a beat. Our shared commitment to quality and reliability made Levanta the ideal partner for MJ Smith’s ambitious project.

To experience the Levanta difference for your own workshop needs, contact our team to get started today.

The Revolution of Workshop Service Pits

Revolutionising Heavy Vehicle Workshops:

PREFABRICATED STEEL PITS VS. TRADITIONAL CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

In the world of heavy vehicle workshops, choosing the right foundation for your maintenance pits is crucial. Traditionally, concrete pits have been the go-to option, but with the advent of prefabricated steel pits, there’s a compelling case to be made for rethinking this age-old choice. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of both options and present a compelling argument in favour of prefabricated steel pits for heavy vehicle workshops in Australia and New Zealand.

The Case for Concrete Pits:

Concrete pits have been the standard choice for decades, and for good reason. They offer durability, strength, and a certain level of customisation. Concrete is a familiar material in the construction industry, making it widely available and cost-effective. Additionally, concrete pits have proven to withstand heavy loads and harsh environmental conditions.

Concrete also provides a solid foundation for heavy-duty machinery, and its density can help reduce noise levels in the workshop. These factors, combined with the familiarity of concrete construction methods, often make it the default choice, especially when financial constraints are a significant consideration.

The Revolution of Prefabricated Steel Pits:

While concrete pits have their merits, prefabricated steel pits bring a host of advantages that can’t be overlooked, even in the face of financial constraints. Here’s why:

Speed of Installation:

Prefabricated steel pits are manufactured off-site and delivered ready for installation. This significantly reduces construction time compared to the labour-intensive process of pouring and curing concrete. A quicker installation means less downtime for your workshop, ensuring you can get back to business sooner.

Cost-Effective in the Long Run:

While the initial cost of prefabricated steel pits may be higher than concrete, the long-term savings are substantial. Steel is highly resistant to corrosion and requires minimal maintenance, which translates to lower repair and replacement costs over the years. Additionally, the faster installation process means less labour costs, contributing to overall savings.

Customisation and Flexibility:

Prefabricated steel pits can be designed and manufactured to meet the specific needs of your workshop. Whether you require additional drainage features, specialised configurations, or integrated systems, steel allows for a higher degree of customisation compared to traditional concrete construction.

Durability in Extreme Conditions:

Prefabricated steel pits are engineered to withstand extreme environmental conditions, including high temperatures, humidity, and corrosive substances commonly found in heavy vehicle workshops. This durability ensures a longer lifespan and reliable performance even in challenging situations.

Structural Integrity and Safety:

The structural integrity of prefabricated steel pits is designed to meet or exceed safety standards. These pits offer a robust and secure foundation, providing a safer working environment for technicians and reducing the risk of accidents or structural failures.

Advanced Technological Features:

Modern prefabricated steel pits can be equipped with advanced technological features, such as integrated inspection lighting, ventilation systems, automated trade waste systems, automated pit covers, heavy vehicle inspection equipment (brake and suspension testing) and much more. These features enhance efficiency, streamline maintenance procedures, and contribute to a technologically advanced workshop.

Reduced Disruption During Installation:

The off-site manufacturing of prefabricated steel pits minimises on-site disruption during installation. The precise engineering and pre-fabrication result in a smoother and quicker installation process, reducing the impact on ongoing workshop operations.

Turnkey Solutions for Time-Efficient Fit-Outs:

Prefabricated steel pits offer a distinctive advantage by arriving fully fitted out, streamlining the entire fit-out process. Unlike traditional concrete pits that often require additional time and effort for fitting out, prefabricated steel pits arrive on-site with essential components and features already in place.

Compliance with Industry Standards:

Prefabricated steel pits are designed and manufactured to comply with industry standards and regulations. Choosing a product that adheres to these standards ensures that your heavy vehicle workshop operates in accordance with safety and quality guidelines.

Minimal Site Preparation Requirements:

Prefabricated steel pits often require less site preparation compared to traditional concrete construction. This can lead to additional cost savings and a more straightforward installation process, especially in situations where site conditions may pose challenges.

Conclusion:

While concrete pits have been a traditional method of service procedures in heavy vehicle workshops, the introduction of prefabricated steel pits presents a new and compelling case for change. The advantages of speed, long-term cost savings, customisation, environmental considerations, and portability make steel a worthy investment, even for businesses mindful of financial constraints.

An extraordinary level of craftsmanship and technology goes into the making of each Levanta prefabricated workshop service & inspection pit, ensuring a safe, comfortable area that will help increase the overall efficiency of your heavy vehicle workshop whilst complying to all relevant Australian and New Zealand industry standards/guidelines.

By choosing Levanta’s Prefabricated Service and Inspection Pits, heavy vehicle workshops in Australia and New Zealand can enjoy the benefits of a modern and efficient foundation that meets both their operational and budgetary needs.

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The following diagram is an end elevation of a Levanta Prefabricate Workshop Pit, it shows the construction detail as well as how the prefabricated unit is installed in the ground.  

The following diagram is an end elevation of a Levanta Prefabricate Workshop Pit, it shows the construction detail as well as how the prefabricated unit is installed in the ground.

What’s the difference between a concrete workshop pit and a steel prefabricated pit?

How to choose the best option for your heavy vehicle workshop

In the realm of heavy vehicle workshops, the selection of the right foundation for maintenance pits holds paramount importance. Tradition has favoured concrete pits for decades, given their reliability and strength. However, a modern contender has emerged in the form of prefabricated steel pits, challenging the status quo. In
this article, we’ll explore the merits of both options, making a compelling case for the advantages that prefabricated steel pits bring to heavy vehicle workshops in Australia and New Zealand, even in the face of financial considerations.

Ultimately, both concrete and steel workshop pits serve the same purpose, but the way they are constructed presents significant differences. Let’s explore into what sets them apart:

Concrete Workshop Pit:

  • On-Site Construction: A concrete pit requires on-site formation, a process that consumes a considerable amount of time. The construction involves pouring the floor slab, forming or blocking up the side walls, and pouring concrete into them.
  • Engineered Slab Overhang: Due to the pit’s width (around 1400mm) and the opening (950mm), an engineered concrete slab is necessary to overhang the pit edge.
  • Integration Challenges: Integrating ventilation systems and jacking rails into the concrete pit can be challenging, often requiring additional effort and time.

Levanta Steel Prefabricated Workshop Pit:

  • Ready for Installation: The Levanta Steel Prefabricated Workshop Pit comes pre-finished and ready for installation. It is lifted into position by a crane, backfilled, and the workshop floor is poured up to the edge of the pit.
  • Engineered Design: The pit features engineered jacking rails and reinforcement on the side, providing peace of mind regarding durability and safety. Additionally, it comes with a 2pak epoxy coating inside and is rewired to an isolator, requiring only one electrical connection to power up.
  • Efficiency: The prefabricated pit minimises on-site construction time, as it arrives ready for use. The engineering ensures efficient integration of ventilation systems, jacking rails, and other essential components.
  • HSE benefits: Safety benefits include the option to install an integrated and retractable safety pit
    cover, contributing to improved HSE measures.
  • Enhanced work environment: In response to challenges attracting skilled mechanics, clients are focusing on creating better workspaces. A Levanta prefabricated pit offers a cleaner, brighter, and more ergonomically efficient and comfortable environment compared to traditional concrete pits. 

 

What’s the difference between a concrete workshop pit and a steel prefabricated pit? - Ultimately, both concrete and steel workshop pits serve the same purpose, but the way they are constructed presents significant differences. Let's explore into what sets them apart:
What’s the difference between a concrete workshop pit and a steel prefabricated pit? - Ultimately, both concrete and steel workshop pits serve the same purpose, but the way they are constructed presents significant differences. Let's explore into what sets them apart:

The Cost Effective Choice

While the raw structure of a concrete pit might initially appear to be a cost-effective option, a closer examination reveals a different reality. The Levanta Prefabricated Workshop Pit proves to be a more economical choice when considering the following factors, many of which are necessary for compliance:

  •  Painting
  • Ventilation, Including Entry Point Integration
  • Explosion-Proof Lighting and Brackets 
  • Jacking Rails
  •  Alcoves inside Wall of Pit
  •  Stairs and Escape Ladders
  • Compressed Air

All these components are seamlessly included in the Levanta Prefabricated Workshop Pit, eliminating the need for additional on-site labour and time-consuming tasks. By choosing prefabricated steel over concrete, businesses not only gain a more efficient solution but also avoid hidden costs associated with retrofitting and customization. In the long run, the Levanta Prefabricated Workshop Pit offers a superior, cost-effective, and time-efficient foundation for heavy vehicle workshops in Australia and New Zealand.

 

The following diagram is an end elevation of a Levanta Prefabricate Workshop Pit, it shows the construction detail as well as how the prefabricated unit is installed in the ground.  

The following diagram is an end elevation of a Levanta Prefabricate Workshop Pit, it shows the construction detail as well as how the prefabricated unit is installed in the ground.

Call Levanta now on 1300 271 476 to find out how we can design, build, and install a durable prefabricated service pit for your heavy vehicle workshop.

Should you choose a pit or a hoist for your workshop?

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What you should consider before you invest

As a workshop manager, you understand the critical impact of access options like pits or hoists on productivity compared to working solely on the ground. The potential return on investment for your business is evident: a workshop hoist or pit can condense a job from a full day to just ¾ or ½ a day, saving valuable technician time (valued at a $100,000 salary) and potentially paying for itself in about 6 months with savings.

While in an ideal scenario, you’d have both a pit and a hoist to cover all servicing needs, real-world constraints like space and budget often necessitate choosing one over the other. Engaging in discussions with workshop technicians and managers reveals a plethora of opinions on the matter. It’s crucial not to base decisions solely on individual perspectives, considering the potential turnover of staff and the need for a solution tailored to your workshop’s specific needs.

Therefore, selecting the right access option—whether a pit or a hoist—requires a careful assessment of your workshop’s unique requirements for optimal productivity. In this article, the Levanta team provides valuable insights on how to navigate this decision-making process effectively.

Is a hoist or pit best for a heavy vehicle truck or bus workshop?

When determining the optimal solution for your heavy vehicle workshop, it’s essential to align your choice with the specific tasks you need to accomplish beneath the serviced vehicles.

A workshop pit serves excellently for routine service tasks, like grease and oil changes, particularly in high-volume workshops. It simplifies the process: drive the vehicle onto the pit, conduct the service, and drive off. Additionally, a pit allows for dual-team efficiency, with one technician underneath and another on top. However, it’s crucial to note that a prefabricated service pit is a permanent fixture; once installed, relocation isn’t an option should you move your workshop.

On the other hand, if you’re doing a lot of heavy mechanical work – such as taking out an engine – it’s best accomplished with the help of a truck hoist.

Consider also the vehicle types predominant in your workflow. For single assets like buses, coaches, or trucks, a knuckle lift offers straightforward access—drive on, lift up. Conversely, dealing with heavy combination vehicles like B-doubles or road trains can pose some logistical challenges. You usually won’t want to split it up, as it’s a prohibitively big job to disconnect all the trailers (and reconnect them after the service. In such cases, options include column lifts or accommodating the entire combination in a long pit, typically 27 to 30 meters.

Then there’s the ‘hybrid’ option of an in-ground lift that can offer you the best of both worlds. It gives you the versatility of being able to lift a whole rig on up to five lifting points, while still providing all the advantages of a hoist (such as working at ground level and making the most of available natural light).

An alternative lifting option when space is at a premium

In situations where space constraints limit options like pits or hoists, such as operating out of a small shed with only two bays, Levanta range of Mobile Column Lifts emerge as a viable alternative.

Mobile column lifts offer a distinct advantage: their mobility allows easy relocation when not in use, freeing up valuable floor space in your workshop.

While column lifts may entail a slightly slower process compared to a 4 Post Hoist, they still deliver a significant boost in productivity over ground-level work, making them a practical solution for workshops with spatial limitations.

 

Need advice on the right lifting option for your workshop?

Considering the array of options for servicing vehicles in your workshop, making the right choice between a pit or a hoist requires careful consideration. Before you decide, consulting with the Levanta Team is highly recommended. Our experience enables us to evaluate your current setup, potential expansion plans, and the nature of your workload to provide tailored advice on the optimal lifting solution for your needs.

For advice on choosing a pit or hoist for your light or heavy vehicle workshop, call Levanta now on 1300 577 541 or fill out the contact form here.

Turnkey Workshop Fitout for Keith Andrews Hamilton’s 7 bay Workshop Extension

In Hamilton, New Zealand, Keith Andrews undertook a significant workshop expansion, adding seven bays to enhance capacity by 65%.

Dealer Principal, Phillip Stevens, emphasised the importance of shared values when selecting suppliers. He praised Levanta as the ideal one-stop-shop partner, stating, “Working with a company that can provide that one-stop-shop solution… makes life a lot easier and saves us a lot of running around.”

This case study explores how Levanta’s comprehensive solutions exceeded expectations, showcasing a seamless integration of top-notch equipment. Join us in discovering the transformative journey at Keith Andrews, where innovation, efficiency, and attention to detail converged for a workshop evolution.

Overview of the Project:

The project at Keith Andrews in Hamilton, New Zealand encompassed the installation of various workshop equipment and systems. This included service pits, lighting and ventilation systems, vehicle lifting jacking beams, vehicle lifting knuckle lift hoists, lubrication system, compressed air system, and associated equipment. The project involved both 25-meter and 15-meter service pits, each with specific configurations and systems, including a compressed air manifold throughout.

Turnkey Workshop Fitout for Keith Andrews Hamilton's 7 bay Workshop Extension - In Hamilton, New Zealand, Keith Andrews undertook a significant workshop expansion, adding seven bays to enhance capacity by 65%.

Project Challenge

The project’s main challenge was the complexity and diversity of equipment and systems to be installed which was delivered over multiple stages. Additionally, the project involved the coordination of numerous components sourced from overseas suppliers and required precise installation, particularly concerning the service pits and knuckle lift hoists.

The client had a deadline to meet with this extension, and in order to meet this deadline the only options for the service pits was to install the Levanta prefabricated pits. This enabled the client to save up to 6 weeks in installation time onsite.

Our Solution

Levanta, a renowned equipment and service provider, was selected for this project based on their track record in managing and executing complex workshop installations. They provided a comprehensive range of solutions, including the supply and installation of prefabricated workshop service pits, delivery and installation of equipment, and technical oversight throughout various stages of the project.

Turnkey Workshop Fitout for Keith Andrews Hamilton's 7 bay Workshop Extension - In Hamilton, New Zealand, Keith Andrews undertook a significant workshop expansion, adding seven bays to enhance capacity by 65%.
Turnkey Workshop Fitout for Keith Andrews Hamilton's 7 bay Workshop Extension - In Hamilton, New Zealand, Keith Andrews undertook a significant workshop expansion, adding seven bays to enhance capacity by 65%.
Turnkey Workshop Fitout for Keith Andrews Hamilton's 7 bay Workshop Extension - In Hamilton, New Zealand, Keith Andrews undertook a significant workshop expansion, adding seven bays to enhance capacity by 65%.

The Project Included

Why Was Levanta Chosen:

Levanta was the preferred choice for this project due to our reputation for delivering turnkey solutions for complex equipment installations. Levanta’s expertise in overseeing the installation of service pits, workshop equipment, reticulated oil and air pipe systems, and a wide range of other equipment made them the ideal choice for managing and supplying this project.

Levanta’s technical proficiency and experience in supervising the installation process ensured seamless integration of all components, ready for immediate use. Levanta’s commitment to quality and reliability made us the preferred partner for this endeavour.

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Levanta’s Workshop Fitout Project for Westside Auto, Perth WA

"I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to both of you and your team for the exceptional work you have done on our Service Department installation. Your dedication, professionalism, and attention to detail have been very impressive. From the initial planning stages to the final touches, your expertise and commitment to excellence were evident every step of the way. The seamless coordination and flawless execution of the project are a testament to your skill and proficiency in your field."
Mick Clifton | General Manager - Fixed Operations, Westside Auto

Westside Auto, based in Perth WA, is Australia’s largest second-hand car dealer, boasting an extensive showroom housing 1500 cars and an additional 2000 cars on-site for processing. With an average monthly turnover of around 1000 cars, Westside Auto conducts business both online and through fixed sales points, serving customers nationwide.

 

Westside Auto purchased an existing facility in Perth, WA with the intention to refit into a workshop with over 100 vehicle bays that would be able to prepare the second hand cars for sale, and also service existing customers. 

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Levanta's Proposal and Collaboration:

Levanta, a trusted provider of workshop equipment and fitout services, impressed Westside Auto with a detailed proposal and supporting drawings. The transparency and frequent communication throughout the project built a strong level of trust between Levanta and the client. Westside Auto appreciated the opportunity to meet with Levanta’s Senior Management team throughout the process, ensuring a clear understanding of the deliverables and process.

Levanta's Workshop Fitout Project for Westside Auto, Perth WA - Westside Auto, based in Perth WA, is Australia's largest second-hand car dealer, boasting an extensive showroom housing 1500 cars and an additional 2000 cars on-site for processing. With an average monthly turnover of around 1000 cars, Westside Auto conducts business both online and through fixed sales points, serving customers nationwide.

Key Project Items

Procurement:
To streamline the project and reduce costs, Levanta sourced all equipment directly from OEMs to the client’s location.

Delivery:
Levanta successfully installed all stage 1 hoists by the end of October, months ahead of schedule. Stage 2 hoist installation was completed by Christmas 2023.

The entire system was commissioned and ready for use weeks before the workshop opening, allowing for testing and minor fixes prior to full-capacity operation.

Challenges Overcome:

Levanta faced a significant challenge due to the existing state of the building, particularly the 10,000 bolts left in the floor from the removal of old pallet racking. This posed alignment and safety issues for the hoists.

The Levanta team spent multiple days meticulously setting out and fine-tuning the hoist angles to ensure they were perfectly aligned and met engineering safety standards.

Levanta's Workshop Fitout Project for Westside Auto, Perth WA - Westside Auto, based in Perth WA, is Australia's largest second-hand car dealer, boasting an extensive showroom housing 1500 cars and an additional 2000 cars on-site for processing. With an average monthly turnover of around 1000 cars, Westside Auto conducts business both online and through fixed sales points, serving customers nationwide.
Levanta's Workshop Fitout Project for Westside Auto, Perth WA - Westside Auto, based in Perth WA, is Australia's largest second-hand car dealer, boasting an extensive showroom housing 1500 cars and an additional 2000 cars on-site for processing. With an average monthly turnover of around 1000 cars, Westside Auto conducts business both online and through fixed sales points, serving customers nationwide.
Levanta's Workshop Fitout Project for Westside Auto, Perth WA - Westside Auto, based in Perth WA, is Australia's largest second-hand car dealer, boasting an extensive showroom housing 1500 cars and an additional 2000 cars on-site for processing. With an average monthly turnover of around 1000 cars, Westside Auto conducts business both online and through fixed sales points, serving customers nationwide.

The Project Included

Why Was Levanta Chosen:

This case study highlights Levanta’s ability to deliver on a large-scale workshop fitout project, overcoming challenges with precision and expertise. The collaboration between Levanta and Westside Auto resulted in a state-of-the-art workshop that meets the needs of a high-volume car dealership while demonstrating Levanta’s commitment to quality and client satisfaction.

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Maximising Efficiency in Heavy Vehicle Workshops: Levanta’s Role in Creating Lean Workshop Fitouts

In the dynamic world of heavy vehicle maintenance, the need for efficiency and productivity has never been more critical. Workshop managers are constantly seeking ways to optimise their operations, reduce downtime, and enhance overall performance. This is where the principles of Lean 6 Sigma come into play, revolutionising the way heavy vehicle workshops are designed and managed.

Levanta, a leader in providing innovative workshop solutions, plays an important role in this paradigm shift. With a commitment to helping streamline processes and improve workflow, Levanta’s products, services and expertise can be an integral component in a successful heavy vehicle workshop fitout. In this article, we’ll explore how Levanta’s offerings contribute to reducing workload on personnel and increasing efficiency in heavy vehicle workshops.

1. Optimised Equipment Layout:

One of the fundamental principles of Lean 6 Sigma is efficient space utilisation. Levanta’s expertise lies in designing workshop layouts that minimise unnecessary movements and reduce the time it takes to complete tasks. By strategically placing equipment and tools, heavy vehicle workshops can achieve a seamless flow of work, leading to significant time and energy savings.

2. Customised Heavy Vehicle Fleet Service Equipment:

Every heavy vehicle workshop has unique needs, and Levanta understands the importance of tailor-made solutions. The company provides a range of specialised equipment designed specifically for heavy vehicle fleet service. From heavy-duty lifts to diagnostic equipment, Levanta’s equipment enhances precision and speed within the workshop, allowing technicians to complete tasks with greater efficiency.

3. Reduced Downtime with Advanced Lifting Solutions:

Downtime is the enemy of productivity in any workshop. Levanta’s state-of-the-art lifting solutions, such as mobile column lifts, enable quick and secure vehicle access. This not only reduces the time spent on vehicle maintenance but also enhances safety by providing stable and reliable lifting options.

4. Employee Wellbeing and Safety:

Lean 6 Sigma emphasises the importance of employee well-being. Levanta’s ergonomic designs and safety features contribute to creating a workplace where personnel can operate efficiently without compromising their health. This dual focus on efficiency and safety aligns seamlessly with the Lean 6 Sigma philosophy.

5. Integrated Systems for Smarter Workflows:

Levanta’s commitment to innovation extends to the integration of smart systems in heavy vehicle workshops. By connecting equipment through intelligent systems, the workflow becomes more streamlined and responsive. Technicians can access real-time data, leading to quicker decision-making and more efficient problem resolution.

Conclusion:

As heavy vehicle workshops embark on the journey of Lean 6 Sigma fitouts, the role of equipment and layout becomes paramount. Levanta’s dedication to providing cutting-edge solutions positions it as a key partner in achieving the goals of efficiency, reduced workload, and enhanced productivity. For heavy vehicle workshop managers looking to upgrade their facilities, Levanta offers not just equipment but a comprehensive approach to efficient workshop fitouts that align with the demands of the modern heavy vehicle maintenance industry. Invest in efficiency, choose Levanta.

Maximising Efficiency and Safety: The Importance of In-House Wheel Alignment for Heavy Vehicle Fleets

In the world of heavy vehicle fleets, maintaining optimal performance is paramount. One often overlooked but crucial aspect of fleet maintenance is wheel alignment. Properly aligned wheels not only ensure the safety of drivers and cargo but also contribute significantly to fuel efficiency and overall operational cost savings. In this article, we’ll explore the reasons of the critical importance of in-house wheel alignment for heavy vehicle truck and bus fleets.

Maximising Efficiency and Safety: The Importance of In-House Wheel Alignment for Heavy Vehicle Fleets - In the world of heavy vehicle fleets, maintaining optimal performance is paramount. One often overlooked but crucial aspect of fleet maintenance is wheel alignment. Properly aligned wheels not only ensure the safety of drivers and cargo but also contribute significantly to fuel efficiency and overall operational cost savings. In this article, we'll explore the reasons of the critical importance of in-house wheel alignment for heavy vehicle truck and bus fleets.

  1. Enhanced Safety

Safety should always be the top priority for any fleet manager. Proper wheel alignment ensures that a vehicle tracks straight and true, reducing the likelihood of accidents caused by drifting or veering. Misaligned wheels can lead to erratic handling, particularly in emergency situations, making them a serious risk on the road.

  1. Extended Tyre Life

One of the most immediate and tangible benefits of regular wheel alignment is the extended lifespan of tyres. When wheels are properly aligned, the tread on the tyres wears evenly. This not only saves money on tyre replacements but also minimises the potential for blowouts, which can be catastrophic for heavy vehicles and other road users.

  1. Improved Fuel Efficiency

In an industry where fuel expenses can account for a significant portion of operational costs, every opportunity to enhance fuel efficiency is crucial. Misaligned wheels create unnecessary resistance, causing the engine to work harder and consume more fuel. By investing in in-house wheel alignment, fleets can see substantial savings in fuel costs over time.

A heavy vehicle with properly aligned wheels can benefit from up to a 5% reduction in fuel consumption, as well as greatly reduced tyre wear.

Let’s look at a couple of real-world examples of the benefits of regular truck/bus wheel alignments:

Example 1: Reduced Fuel Costs
Distance travelled per annum: 200,000 km
Diesel fuel price: $2.20/litre
Fuel consumption: 4 litres/10km
Fuel cost reduction thanks to wheel alignment: conservatively, we’ll say 3% for this example
Total cost reduction: 0.03 x 200,000 x 2.2 x 0.4 = $5,280 saved per year/per truck.

  1. Reduced Maintenance Costs

Aligned wheels also lead to reduced wear and tear on other components of the vehicle’s suspension system. When wheels are out of alignment, they can place undue stress on parts such as tie rods, bushings, and shock absorbers. This leads to premature wear and ultimately higher maintenance costs. Proper alignment, on the other hand, helps to preserve these components, resulting in fewer repairs and replacements.

  1. Compliance with Regulatory Standards

Various regulatory bodies enforce strict guidelines on vehicle safety and maintenance. Ensuring that your fleet’s wheels are properly aligned not only keeps your vehicles in compliance with these standards but also demonstrates a commitment to safety and responsibility.

  1. Improved Driver Comfort and Productivity

A well-aligned vehicle is easier to handle and offers a smoother ride. This not only enhances driver comfort but also reduces driver fatigue, allowing them to stay alert and focused on the road. A comfortable driving experience can also contribute to increased driver satisfaction and retention, which is crucial in an industry facing a shortage of skilled drivers.

  1. Data-Driven Decision-Making

Having an in-house wheel alignment system provides valuable data and insights. Fleet managers can track the alignment history of each vehicle, identify patterns, and address issues proactively. This data-driven approach allows for more informed decision-making, enabling truck and bus fleets to allocate resources efficiently and prioritise maintenance efforts.

Talk to Levanta about Heavy Vehicle Wheel Alignment Machines

In conclusion, in-house wheel alignment is not just an expense, but an investment that pays dividends in terms of safety, efficiency, and cost savings. It’s a foundational component of a well-maintained fleet and should be a priority for any responsible fleet manager.

By prioritising wheel alignment, fleet operators can ensure that their vehicles remain safe, efficient, and reliable, ultimately contributing to the success of their operations.

To upgrade your heavy vehicle workshop and ensure more efficient running for your fleet, you must consider a wheel alignment system.
Call Levanta now on 1300 577 541 or get in contact us to find out more about wheel alignment technology for your heavy vehicle workshop. 

Maximising Efficiency and Safety: The Importance of In-House Wheel Alignment for Heavy Vehicle Fleets - In the world of heavy vehicle fleets, maintaining optimal performance is paramount. One often overlooked but crucial aspect of fleet maintenance is wheel alignment. Properly aligned wheels not only ensure the safety of drivers and cargo but also contribute significantly to fuel efficiency and overall operational cost savings. In this article, we'll explore the reasons of the critical importance of in-house wheel alignment for heavy vehicle truck and bus fleets.